PTSD Treatment Program
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a very real condition that impacts all areas of survivors’ lives. In addition to the man or woman who suffers from PTSD, family and friends are also affected. Unfortunately, many women who suffer from PTSD don’t get the help they need. They cope with it as best they can, and just continue to suffer. While some of the symptoms of PTSD may resolve themselves over time, untreated PTSD can linger for years, and can lead to a variety of other issues, such as substance abuse, chronic depression, anxiety and even suicide. This is a condition that should be taken seriously, and no one should have to just “tolerate” it.
What Is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder affects approximately 7.8% of the population at some point in their lives. This goes to show you how common PTSD really is. Many people associate the condition with military veterans who have been in combat, and while that is a common cause of PTSD, it isn’t the only one. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can come about as a result of domestic violence or assault, childhood sexual or physical abuse, natural disaster, experiencing or witnessing violence, automobile accidents or other traumatic events. Women are twice as likely to experience PTSD as men. In addition, women’s PTSD symptoms may go undiagnosed, either because they don’t seek help for their symptoms, or they are misdiagnosed. It’s common for a woman to go to a doctor with PTSD symptoms and be told she has anxiety and given a prescription. While prescription medication may be used in the treatment of PTSD, it should never be the sole course of action. PTSD requires comprehensive treatment and meds alone will not fully address it. New Creation Treatment’s faith-based PTSD treatment centers for women are proud to offer a comprehensive medical, psychological and spiritual PTSD treatment program with traditional Christian values combined with the best medical practices.
Women And Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Women often experience trauma over long periods of time. This may result from long-term sexual abuse in childhood or domestic violence. This type of long-term trauma can give the victim the feeling that they have no control over their lives. Their symptoms don’t just go away, they linger on for years, and create a host of issues that affect their relationships choices, their ability to care for themselves and their ability to care for others. Women will often minimize the impact of their trauma, feeling that it wasn’t “bad enough” and may not recognize their symptoms as being related to their trauma.
In order to be diagnosed with PTSD, you must meet some specific criteria. You must experience certain symptoms “clusters” and experience them for a certain period of time. It’s important to note that some people may not experience the condition right away, as the expression of PTSD may be delayed. The only way to know if you are experiencing PTSD is to be evaluated by a professional who specializes in the disorder. If you have experienced a traumatic event, whether it be a one-time occurrence or an ongoing issue, it is important that you seek help.
Living With PTSD
PTSD symptoms may vary in type and severity, however, there are certain similarities among symptoms and a professional will be able to determine whether you are suffering from this condition. For the person who is struggling with symptoms, daily life is difficult. Symptoms may interfere with your ability to work, sleep, eat properly, manage relationships and more. Nightmares, panic attacks, anger, and withdrawal are common. Some people are unaware that they are living with this disorder. It’s common for people to minimize the trauma they have experienced, and to try and “tough out” the symptoms. Ignoring them won’t make them go away, however. Sadly, many people seek relief in substances such as alcohol and drugs. This only makes things worse and can lead to dependence and addiction and a worsening of the condition. Loss of relationships is a common side effect of PTSD.
Getting Help For PTSD
Living with PTSD may feel like being in a nightmare that you can’t wake up from. You may be flooded with intrusive memories of traumatic events, or be plagued with constant anxiety, anger, and fear. This is no way to live. Getting help for the disorder is possible. PTSD is a treatable condition. Today, there are effective therapies and treatments with a high success rate. A treatment program can offer relief from this disorder.